plain weave

noun
the most common and tightest of basic weave structures in which the filling threads pass over and under successive warp threads and repeat the same pattern with alternate threads in the following row, producing a checkered surface.


Origin:
1935–40

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plain weave

simplest and most common of the three basic textile weaves. It is made by passing each filling yarn over and under each warp yarn, with each row alternating, producing a high number of intersections. Plain-weave fabrics that are not printed or given a surface finish have no right or wrong side. They do not ravel easily but tend to wrinkle and have less absorbency than other weaves.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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In a plain weave fabric pattern, warp and fill yarns are interlaced over and under each other in an alternating pattern.
Some are in plain weave, others in gauze, still others are in tapestry technique or brocade.
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